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May 05, 2014

OT Byron Bell signs RFA tender with the Carolina Panthers

At least some in the Panthers' organization believe Byron Bell can be the team's starting left tackle.

That left tackle candidate is now under contract.

Bell, the starting right tackle his first three seasons, signed his restricted free agent tender Monday, according to a team spokesman. Bell, undrafted out of New Mexico in 2011, received a second-round tender from the Panthers on March 10 worth $2.187 million.

He waited nearly two months before signing it, presumably while he waited to see if any other teams were interested.

Bell attended the Panthers' offseason workouts in the interim.

And after Friday's deadline for other teams to offer restricted free agents passed, Bell signed the tender.

Now he'll get to prove he can take Jordan Gross' place protecting Cam Newton's blind side.

Bell, 6-5 and 340 pounds, is big, powerful run-blocker. And he can be effective as a pass-blocker when he gets into the defender.

But the concern among critics is whether Bell's feet are quick enough to handle the left tackle spot.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on May 5, 2014 at 05:02 PM | Permalink


With the 28th pick....... OT cause bell aint it

Posted by: Mac | May 5, 2014 5:40:04 PM

Ive seen Bell get blown back many times. In person and on Tv bring back travelle and gary williams will be healthy, draft an OT & WRs and the cats will be contenders again

Posted by: Mac | May 5, 2014 5:42:27 PM

I think the Panthers should trade thier first, third and 5th round picks to move up 18 spots or so and get Taylor Lewan out of Michigan. Then they can pick up Jordan Matthews or Devante Adams in the second round. Then a CB in the 4th, Mike Canaparo out of Wake in the 6th, then use the 7th on a project/sleeper offensive lineman. Nothing against Bell but please leave him at RT....

Posted by: Dom | May 5, 2014 5:55:27 PM

I would even consider trading our first, third and next year's third for Lewan if that is what it takes. Get that kid in here - but keep the second rounder for Matthews or even the Alambama OT if he slips that far. Drafting two huge tackles is what the Panthers need to do. Sure - there is some talent at WR but it won't matter if Cam can't get the ball out...

Posted by: Dom | May 5, 2014 5:59:15 PM

LOL, we should trade 3 picks for a tackle? That's not happening.

Posted by: Kenny | May 5, 2014 6:10:23 PM

This guy is no good. Just terrible. Good kid, just bad football player.

Posted by: disappointed fan | May 5, 2014 6:32:35 PM

I like trading down to the top of the second round with Houston too. Give them our first round pick for thier second rounder - and in return swap the third round picks. This would give us three picks in the top 65.

I really like Allen Robinson, Davante Adams and Jordan Matthews - so i could see the Panthers taking any of them at the top of the second round and then a tackle at the end of the second round and another one at the top of the third. Or tackles with both second rounders and then someone like Donte Moncrief at the top of the 3rd. I would be very happy with either scenario...

Posted by: Dom | May 5, 2014 6:51:52 PM

I like disappointed fan's comments about trading back. If we can have 3 picks in the top 65. We could go two OT's and a WR, or we could get 2 WR's and a OT or get an OT, WR and CB. All three guys could be immediate starters... That would be fantastic. I love that scenario. But if we don't trade back, I think our pick is Devonte Adams and laugh at everyone that didn't take him just like we laughed at the 14 teams last year that skipped out on Star!

Posted by: Steve | May 6, 2014 10:26:58 AM

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